A small round of sea foam for the IceT group.

Pale sea foam round, made for IceT This small standard round brilliant is not large enough to show off its sea foam color well. Size does matter with tone value. It is bright, flashy and found a home with the IceTs. It weighs .52 carats.

In trimming larger pieces of high quality sea foam from Afghanistan, I cut off a terminus.  This small standard round brilliant came from that terminus.  It has the heart of a champion, but not the tonal value to measure up.  Still the IceT group always has a home for a barely colored tourmaline.  The bit of sea foam is flawless and bright and can come and visit the big boys anytime she wants, but she will always feel a bit inadequate.  Size does matter in tone value with tourmaline.  She weighs a petite .52 carats.


About Bruce Fry

I was born in Summit, NJ in 1947 and graduated from Summit High School in 1966. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1970 and after spending another year in graduate school, I left to see the world of Brazil. After spending some more time discovering myself, I ended up working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 32 years as an Air Quality Engineer in the Department of Environmental Protection. I retired in 2007 and took up faceting gemstones again after a long hiatus that reached back to my twenties. I had started cutting cabochons when I was 13 and bought my first faceting machine when I was 15, but ran out of money and time until I retired. My great love in gemology is tourmaline and the collection presented here represents my effort to get as much beauty and variety in the colors of tourmaline as I can. I was particularly lucky in being able to get unheated cuprian tourmaline before copper was discovered in gem grade tourmaline from Mozambique.
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